Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays
Editor: Andrew Mangham
Date Of Publication: Feb 2007
This eclectic collection brings together a range of critical voices, from varying disciplinary backgrounds, to comment on the life and works of Wilkie Collins.
A close friend of Dickens, Collins engaged with some of the nineteenth century’s most influential ideas and cultural developments. As this collection makes clear, he formed interesting connections with key figures in literature, art, theatre, medicine, and the law. As a result, his works often engaged with the period’s most influential ideas and cultural developments.
Best remembered for spearheading the Sensation genre with The Woman in White and detective fiction with The Moonstone, Collins’s career actually encompassed a large amount of material that has remained relatively neglected until recently. Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays offers readings of previously unstudied sources while offering new perspectives on the author’s most canonical works.
Andrew Mangham is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading. He specialises in the intersections between law, science, and fiction in the Victorian period. He is the author of Violent Women and Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine, and Victorian Popular Culture (2007) and is currently writing a book on toxicological ideas in the nineteenth century.
"Andrew Mangham's Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays is an eclectic collection of essays on the popular Victorian writer. The book does not just consider Collins as a sensation novelist; it examines the legal, artistic, scientific or theatrical resonances of his novels and illuminates the variety of themes which mark Collins's work ... There is no doubt that this highly varied collection of articles will prove useful to students and scholars interested in Wilkie Collins. It consistently points out how Collins engagedwith his own time, fuelling his plotswith contemporary legal or scientific debate, defying artistic and literary trends, and always challenging normality and conventionality."
Laurence Talairach-Vielmas (University of Toulouse-Le Mirail) in Gothic Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, May 2008
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